Why save the world when you can conquer it? In EvilQuest, take on the role of Galvis — a dark knight obsessed with ultimate power. Set out on a quest of revenge,destruction and conquest in this exciting retro Action RPG title.
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Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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"If you're looking for a new NES classic to enjoy, EvilQuest is certainly a worthy substitute."
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May 16

EvilQuest Trading Cards Released

Alright, EvilQuest fans - you asked for it, and we delivered: EvilQuest now has Steam Trading Cards! Time to play through EvilQuest again and get those rewards - or if you're new to the game, now you've got even more reasons to check it out.

Now that we've finished with the trading cards, it's back to work on EvilQuest 2! We've made a lot of progress lately and there are many things in the pipeline that are going to make this game amazing! We still have a lot left to do but rest assured we are hard at work on it!

Now go get those trading cards!

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February 20

EvilQuest Steam 1 Year Anniversary Sale

EvilQuest launched on Steam 1 year ago today! To commemorate the occasion, we're offering a 50% discount on the game for 1 week only. Thanks to all EvilQuest fans and supporters for helping make our first year on Steam a success! Tell your friends to pick up the game while it's available for only $0.99 USD!

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“Xbox Live Indie Game Of The Week”

“The real prize of EvilQuest are the numerous boss battles you’ll engage in.”
4/5 – The Indie Mine

“If you’re even slightly interested in action-RPGs, EvilQuest deserves your attention. - See more at: http://www.extraguy.com/2012/01/evilquest-review-misanthropic-bliss/#sthash.wlUXVycl.dpuf”
A - Must Play – Extra Guy

About This Game

Why save the world when you can conquer it? In EvilQuest, take on the role of Galvis — a dark knight obsessed with ultimate power. Set out on a quest of revenge,destruction and conquest in this exciting retro Action RPG title. Along the way you’ll unlock ancient mysteries, discover legendary weapons, relics and magic…and of course kill thousands of those foolish enough to stand in your way!

EvilQuest features a wide variety of environments, enemies, and boss creatures – all created in retro style with 100% original artwork, animation, and music. In addition to fighting monsters, Galvis will also terrorize the residents of several towns and must avoid imperial agents seeking to re-capture him.

The goal of the game is for Galvis to take revenge on his captors as well as unlock the secret power of four legendary seals. Players will find a variety of weapons, items, and magic spells to increase their power as they play through the quest. The game also allows the player to customize areas of proficiency during level-ups by assigning points to particular attributes.

Key Features

  • dark and genre-defying dialogue and story
  • Fast-paced action-RPG gameplay
  • retro-style original graphics
  • original musical score
  • game world full of mysteries and twists to explore
  • multiple levels of melee attack through weapon charging system
  • 15 unique dungeon levels and overworld areas
  • 14 different spells with a variety of purposes and effects
  • 10 challenging boss fights
  • Dozens of pieces of equipment and items to discover

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
i spent 4 dollars on candy and ate it all in 5 minutes. spent 1 dollar on this game and beat it in 4 hours.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Great game.
Amazing adventure and story,simple to understand yet fan to play.
Characters are interesting to listen to
Not to many itams one thing not so great ,all the same size and appearance just different colors. Enemies are almost always the same ,scorpions ,snakes, bats,dogs ,trolls ,again only diffrent colors in deffrent continents, But at list bosses are diffrent in every lvl and are really really challenging.
Overall a good fun game to enjoy old school 8-16 bit era :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
You played as bad guy and journey to destroy the world. Definitely worth your money.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
baddasss story :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I killed God easier than I killed the 2nd boss 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
In short, it's a good game for it's price. But it's just too easy.

Not great, it's just the same as a hero saving the world - In reverse! It's about a villain destroying the world. It's predictable, but it's not bad.

Graphics and Music:
Aren't great either. The graphics represent all they should, but I feel like it's too plain. The designs are good, though, the bosses look awesome. The music is your usual MIDI medieval track. Nothing too shiny.

Super simple. I've finished the game in the Hard difficulty in the exact registered play time that I have. In the boss battle, I've only died once, and that was in his first form, just because of a little fumble...
There aren't many secrets, and that is a bad thing for me. Just make sure you explore everything and you'll get all the equipment and spells. I've only used the heal spell through the entire game, also.

Game Entertainment:
The hours that I put into this game didn't feel empty. It's a fun game, but sometimes you feel like an area could have been shorter. But the final boss battle is going to counterbalance any bad things in the game - It's great.

I rate it 9/10. It's not like you can ask more for this price! Just needs more secrets, filling some empty areas, a better looking grass, and it would have been perfect!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
A fun little game where YOU ARE THE BAD GUY!

The graphics are colorful, but simple looking. All look handdrawn in a paint program, but the detail is good. All of the sprites, special attacks and certain backgrounds are well animated. But the bright colors do get hard on the eys after a while.

The sound is decent, but the music kinda bland and reused in some parts. Not really memorable.

The controls were decent enough and I had no problems with it.

Despite it's look, the gameplay is good. You get MANY different attacks to use, from charging your wapon for a LoZ-style ranged attack to screen-wide magic attacks. You can also set certain items for a quick slot of easy use during heated battles. Also, most battles are a challenge without being cheap. Never do you feel the need to grind to beat the boss because if you just kill the enemies you see on the way, you will be fine. But money will be an issue when you want (and need) certain spells and armor. The Cure spells are a MUST! But most of the important attack spells are given to you. The story of this game is, despite it's premise, very hilarious and the writing had me smiling.

This game made me enjoy being an evil ♥♥♥♥♥♥. I like that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
A sweet little game that is totally worth trying!

From what I've played (1st dungeon so far, heading to the second), it is a very well done retro-ish game. A lot of games claim to be retro, but that one could definitely be in a NES cart... It sure has a few drawbacks, but don't every game from that golden era has?

The only "real" miss for me is the music, it's too stock.

It's on sale now with a few other games on Flying Bundle for a minimum of $2.50. At that price, you cannot go wrong.

Addictive little gem.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
EvilQuest is an action adventure RPG in a retro style. It comes off as something like a late NES or early SNES/Genesis title... if that perspective helps. You are a very powerful, evil dude that gets betrayed by his army and locked up. However, you escape captivity and go on a quest to regain your mighty power and ultimately seek to destroy God himself. Sounds pretty cool, right?

You basically go around overworlds seeking towns and dungeons. You can do some generally mean things along the way, but you're focus is to find four elemental things and then go to the final area once the barrier is broken. It's some standard, by the books stuff. But it works. Along the way, you fight through monsters and bosses in a Zelda-esque fashion. Defeating them will net you gold, which can be used to purchase equipment to make yourself stronger and items to recover from loss of health, loss of magic, or status ailments. As you progress, you'll find stronger weapons and different spells to help you tackle your foes. Also gained from defeated enemies are experience points. Getting enough of these will allow you to level up. Upon gaining a level, you have the option to distribute a number of points into whichever stats you see fit. This can be fun for building a specific way for different playthroughs. Want to beef up your magic skills? Maybe you want to deal mighty blows with your weapons. Or perhaps you just want to be a well rounded warrior. It's nice for some customization and replay value, yet not too complicated as to overwhelm the player. I also would like to point out that I thought the music was alright, but I do enjoy the art style quite a bit. Guess I'm a softy for that kind of thing.

However, every game has its faults, as does EvilQuest. I can't complain too much with the main character being bad, as it is not often done still and keeps things a bit interesting. I guess I just wish they had maybe gone a little further with that idea. Maybe that's just me. My biggest complain comes from some expectations that were built up a bit and never capitalized on. Near the start of the game you get the charge ability, letting you shoot a projectile from your weapon at no cost to magic. You then use this to hit a switch through a wall and open a gate. A little while later is a switch puzzle, where some need to be up and some need to be down. Ithought this would mean there would be cool puzzle elements throughout the game like in Zelda games. However, there weren't much more like that to be found. I guess I was hoping it'd break up some of the grinding and killing, but I guess I didn't need to grind so that part was my own fault. My most minor and rather meaningless complaint is that, in order to get all the achievements, you have to play the game twice. Yet there seems to be only one achievement that absolutely forces you to do it. The one based on difficulty. If you play on normal, you have to beat it again on hard. Also, if you play it on easy, you'll get no achievement, which doesn't make much sense. But it's all in the achievements so it's really not even an issue with the game itself. Hardly worth mentioning but... I did. So... sorry.

It's a cool retro-inspired action adventure RPG. If you like Zelda games and the RPG leveling stuff, give it a look. The game is only two bucks normally, and even less when it goes on sale. It's very much worth the price. This could possibly have passed for a ten dollar game, five at the least. But the fact that it's only two bucks makes it hard to pass up. Sure, it could use some more stuff in it, but the things included are good, especially for that asking price. So go ahead and get your copy. Forget the hesitation and go for it.

EvilQuest gets a 6/10. Everything is solid. It may not be the longest, most fleshed out, or most impressive, but what it does offer is quite a good experience and well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
EvilQuest is a satisfying revival of action-adventure RPGs of the 8- and 16-bit. This game reminded me most of Crystalis on the NES, though it also has some similarities to Lagoon on the SNES. The map designs are similar as are some mechanics (jump boots.) Early on, the combat is fairly easy, though you may fail if you attack recklessly. Positioning and timing are most important for success, but, unlike the earlier action-adventure RPGs, enemies appear to have predictable cooldowns on their projectiles and abilities, making it far less likely you'll get surprised.

The controls are responsive, however you can perform only one action at a time like in the older games previously mentioned. The one thing that sets it apart is that you can move and turn your character while attacking, allowing you to control quarter- or half-circle sweeps with your weapon; otherwise, every attack is a forward jab. Opponents can do this also, which can catch you off-guard when flanking a foe.

While formulaic, it's a tried-and-true recipe. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the genre and art style.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Simply put, if you have fond memories of the 16-bit generation & its RPGs, this RPG will scratch that proverbial nostaliga-fueled itch for you. Now, hre's the twist - as the name suggests, rather than playing the role of the hero trying to save the world, you play the role of the bad guy. Sounds interesting to you? Well, pick this game up then!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Fun to play, many jokes and an nice gameplay
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I just completed this game with all achievements unlocked. Heres a few pointers:

You can complete this game in under 1 hour, the transition from normal difficulty to hard is not that much.

There are a couple of achievements which are difficult, probably some of the hardest raising the stats and finding the hidden items, of which there are guides i reccomend looking at them if your stuck.

This is a good game which i would reccomend, thank you to the developers.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
fun game, sick of playing as the hero, play as the villain and slaughter many things :D

or maybe its the villain being good to be the real ruler of the world. find out if you buy the game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I really enjoyed this game. It felt very much like a Crystalis throwback (which I've actually played through). I only did one play through and it was on Hard mode. It was fairly challenging and didn't require too much grinding. My in game timer was around 4.5 hours when I completed it.

The game runs really great. I never had any crashes or encountered obvious bugs. It's a great value and I can't wait for the sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
very entertaining
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
If you miss sucky Atari 2600 games then buy this trash
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96 of 108 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
The developer is clearly a fan of the great classic "Crystalis" as can be seen by the gameplay, soundtrack, and system.

I really admire the retro-throwback feel. As for the plot, it is amusing and it is nice to play as the villain for a change. It does get overly repeditive to always play the heroes in this sort of genre so I consider it a breath of fresh air overall.

For a mere 2 bucks, this game is one of the best deals for fans of the classic action/rpg's from the days of old.

Well done, well done.

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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Evil Quest is more or less a homage to the classic NES game Crystalis. I'm sure this little nugget of info has been mentioned by many other reviewers, all the same it's worth mentioning.

Homages are a mixed bag. This is how they usually end up: "Wow! This reminds me of my favorite game...except worse." Evil Quest isn't as good a game as Crystalis, but it's still okay. Evil Quest is about Galvis. What does he want to do tonight? He wants to destroy the world. He kills everyone that stands in his way, and even murders anyone that annoys him. Like any other villain, this guy also talks too dang much. While I can't imagine a mute evil-protagonist working out, by the end of the game I was sick to death of Galvis and his speeches.

As with most action-RPGs, Galvis starts with a pitiful knife and dirty rags, and his enemies are mere rats and low-ranking grunts. By the end of the game he's wielding the legendary chaos axe and slaying dragons & demons with no trouble. Getting to that point involves the typical town -> overworld -> dungeon progression. The dungeons are standard stuff, lots of respawning enemies, some treasure, sometimes a puzzle or two. It's nothing really involving, but I guess that's to be expected from a game that harkens back to simpler times.

The only bothersome aspect is that with every level-up, you're given points to distribute. Having stats for HP and DEF seems a bit superfluous, especially on hard difficulty where everyone hits like a truck. Boosting STR and MAG is more effective, mainly because the faster you can kill something, the less chance they have of damaging you. Plus if you want all the achievements you have to focus on two attributes (this will take two play-throughs), because the level-cap will keep you from maxing out all four.

This game can be really easy, with much of the difficulty being player-imposed. By this I mean you have things on harder on yourself (don't buy healing spells, don't use potions, etc) to remain challenged. However, the final bosses have some cheap attacks that are nearly impossible to dodge, so it's probably not the best idea. A sequel is in the works so the issues involving difficulty should get ironed out.

What I'd really like to see out of the sequel to Evil Quest is A) better art-direction B) better plot C) a more involving quest. An old-school bum like myself probably shouldn't care about A or B but they along with C are why I consider Crystalis the better game (well, all that and better difficulty balance). Evil Quest was originally an Xbox Live Indie Game and it shows. The sprite-work is serviceable but not in any way unique, and just looks really banal.

C gets it's own paragraph because it's the most important of the three. A good quest isn't just finding powerful weapons and killing massive enemies. Crystalis gets a lot of credit for changing things up beyond "kill monsters & get money". In one area you could ride around on a dolphin, there was a town run entirely by women, and you had to use a metamorphis spell to talk to their queen, there was also a zombie-infested town, and so on. In a lot of ways Evil Quest is too similar to traditional action-RPGs, which results in missed opportunities.

There aren't many games where you play somebody who is actually evil. It seems like there would be a lot of cool methods to progress the plot, like using sabotage, threats, murder, etc. Take Kefka from FF6 for example, imagine playing as him. At one point you poison the kingdom of Doma, later on you assist the emperor in fooling the resistance, then not long after that stab the Emperor in the back and take all of the god-like power for yourself. The rest of the game could be spent trying to stay one step ahead of the heroes, slowly picking them off one by one (or in parties).

All that said, it's not really a huge deal. As a homage throwback whateveryoucallit title, Evil Quest is solid. It has the basics down, and a sequel could turn out to be pretty spectacular with enough creativity injected into it.
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